On January 8, 2020, Louisiana's State Superintendent of Public Education, John White, announced his plan to depart from the post he has held for 8 years. During Superintendent White's tenure graduation rates have increased and students have made tremendous educational gains. Stand for Children has been honored to work with Superintendent White on numerous quality educational policies and improvements.
The following is a statement to the media from Carrie Griffin Monica, Executive Director of Stand for Children Louisiana, regarding the recent announcement that Louisiana state Superintendent John White will be resigning his post in March 2020.
“It has been our honor to work with State Superintendent John White these last 8 years. Superintendent White has always sought to put students and families first and create an education system in our state that serves their best interests. Under the Superintendent’s leadership, the students of Louisiana have seen tremendous gains – especially in the critical areas of reading and math. We have made tremendous strides towards equity and access in education, and our students are graduating better prepared and with more options available to them today than ever before. While Superintendent White has left some large shoes to fill, we now look to the future and it is our sincere hope that we will be able to continue this positive forward momentum for our students. We at Stand feel confident in our elected BESE members ability to oversee a thorough search hiring process to choose our next Superintendent. We believe our elected BESE members will work hard to appoint a successor who first and foremost, puts children first and who will continue to move our schools, students, and state forward,” stated Carrie Griffin Monica, Executive Director of Stand for Children Louisiana.